(CNSNews.com) – The Homeland Security Department’s April 7 report on “rightwing extremists” mentions gun owners in addition to war veterans, pro-lifers, and immigration opponents.
Specifically, the DHS report notes how the fear of impending gun bans has prompted a flurry of gun-buying:
“Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans likely would attract new members into the ranks of rightwing extremist groups, as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for violence against the government. The high volume of purchases and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by rightwing extremists in anticipation of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary concern to law enforcement.”
Many conservative gun owners will feel threatened and insulted by the report, said the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
“It appears that DHS under Janet Napolitano is trying to demonize political dissent,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.
“If there are any acts of violence that occur because of the Obama Administration policy of chilling dissent, they bear the blame as much as the perpetrators,” Gottlieb said. “Anyone in the administration trying to use this technique should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” he added.
“This administration needs to be reminded that its words and actions have consequences, and irresponsible statements, reports and actions fuel fires that are counterproductive to democracy in America.”
Gottlieb said conservative Americans should not be “pushed into any acts that could be exploited by the administration to further its agenda.” He said the “appropriate reaction is through the ballot box and jury box.”
Obama, during his presidential campaign, told gun owners that he would not take their weapons away. “I have said consistently that I believe that the Second Amendment is an individual right,” he told Fox News last year.
But Obama’s own Justice Department has called for re-imposing the ban on semi-automatic weapons:
“As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons,” Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters at the Justice Department in February.
Holder said a ban on sales of semi-automatic weapons would stem the flow of weapons to Mexican cartels.
A number of congressional Democrats also want to bring back the “assault weapons ban.”
Meanwhile, as numerous press reports have noted, gun sales are soaring around the country. According to Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, nearly four million background checks were performed in the first three months of 2009, a 27 percent increase from the same period a year earlier. Background checks are required on most gun purchases.
The Wall Street Journal report said some people are buying guns while they still can; some are buying guns as investments; and others are buying guns for protection in troubled economic times.
See earlier story:
Obama Administration Mentions Reinstating ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban